Mission Statement of the Learning Communities Program
The mission of the Learning Communities Program at Saint Louis University is to create intentional, inclusive communities formed around common themes where students live and learn together. Engaging the Jesuit tradition of truth-seeking and reflection, Learning Communities invite students to integrate their learning in and out of class. These communities cultivate holistic student growth and enhance learning by fostering collaborative and enduring connections among students, faculty, and staff.
Purpose and Intended Outcomes of Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Groups at Saint Louis University
Although SLU's residential learning communities (LCs) and First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) provide different kinds of experiences for students, they have a shared purpose. Together, LCs and FIGs are intended to provide students with settings and opportunities to:
(1) experience successful academic and social transitions to college, and
(2) integrate and apply curricular and co-curricular experiences to achieve University-Wide Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes.
In general, the FIGs provide experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, that facilitate active engagement with subject matter, peers, and faculty to achieve desired academic outcomes. The LCs use residential programs, practices, and policies to create communities that complement and enhance students' academic experiences. Although each makes unique contributions to achieving desired first-year learning outcomes, combining the elements of both results in especially powerful first-year learning experiences.
Specific experiences intended to facilitate successful academic and social transitions include:
Academic Success: To assist students to make a successful academic transition to college in general and SLU in particular, LCs and FIGs will offer programs, activities, and structures that:
Community Development: To assist students to make a successful social transition to college in general and SLU in particular, LCs and FIGs will offer programs, activities, and structures that:
- Facilitate academic engagement inside and outside the classroom, including deep engagement with subject matter
- Provide opportunities for interaction with faculty outside the classroom
- Engage students with campus resources that support academic success
- Assist students to clarify academic goals and plans
- Assist students to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences to enhance the learning and development outcomes of both.
- Foster learning about community, including experiences that teach how to create and how to maintain a strong community, as well has how to live in community effectively.
- Facilitate appreciation for, and understanding of, differences among community members.
- Provide opportunities to interact with, and learn from, off-campus communities.
Self-Development: To assist students to adapt effectively to college in general and SLU in particular, LCs and FIGs will offer programs, activities, and structures that:
- Facilitate self-discovery
- Facilitate self-awareness.
- Support development of effective independent decision-making skills.
- Support development of effective leadership skills.